Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Jack-O'-Lantern Cheese Ball

Perfect for snacking on Halloween night while waiting for Trick-or-Treaters or after a night of gathering treats with the kids while watching Halloween videos.

2 Cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of solid pack pumpkin
1/4 cup of crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp ground allspice   
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 pretzel rod, broken in half

Decorations: dark rye bread, red pepper, black olive slices, parsley sprigs
Assorted crackers

Beat cheeses, pumpkin, pineapple, and spices in medium bowl until smooth.  Cover; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until cheese is firm enough to shape.

Shape mixture into round pumpkin; place on serving plate.  Using knife, score vertical lines down pumpkin.  Place pretzel rod in top for stem.
Cut bread into triangles for eyes.  Decorate pumpkin using bread, pepper, olives, and parsley.
Cover loosely, then refrigerate until serving time.  Serve with an assortment of crackers.  

Bon Appetit'!


  1. Love this, Kathy! Cheese and crackers is a must at any party!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. How cute is he/she? Sounds good too...thinking I might add some shredded ham because I love ham & cheese balls.

  3. Yum!


  4. Beachlover, thank you for stopping in to check out my tasty Tuesday recipe. Who needs a party, I will be happy eating cheese ball and crackers anytime!!

  5. Jo, that sounds yummy! I am so pleased you are inspired by this recipe. I thought it would be fun to post this for tasty Tuesday in October so everyone could get into the spirit of Halloween. Thank you for stopping in to read and comment!!

  6. Joyce, cheese and crackers are yummy anyway you slice it! Thank you for stopping in to check it out and comment!!

  7. This looks fantastic and would be great at a fall harvest party. I love the fact that it has pumpkin in it. I will definitely be making this to adorn my Thanksgiving Dinner table. Yumo...

  8. This is certainly an interesting recipe mixing pumpkin and cheese. But, it really looks good and is so appropriate for a fall party!!! Think I'll try it. You're amazing!

  9. Betty, thanks for stopping in and checking out my recipe for the week. Hope you enjoy it!!

  10. Mary, I know doesn't it look festive?? It will really a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving. Your family will devour it!! LOL Thanks for stopping in and commenting!